Israel keeps up bloody aggression on Gaza, resistance fires rockets
The regime of Israel has continued its deadly bombardment of the Gaza Strip, prompting resistance groups in the blockaded Palestinian enclave to fire a barrage of rockets at the occupied territories.
Palestinian medical officials said the Israeli airstrikes have martyred at least 136 people in Gaza since Monday, including 34 children and 21 women, and wounded 950 others.
At least 10 Palestinians lost their lives on Saturday, when an airstrike hit a three-story building in the al-Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip.
The victims were all members of a family. Medical teams said a months-old baby was the only survivor of the Israeli aerial assault.
Reacting to the bloodshed, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said, "The crime committed by the occupiers against our nation is a full-scale massacre that shows the volume of the Zionist regime's savage terrorism against our nation. This crime shows that the occupiers are incapable in the face of the resistance in Jerusalem al-Quds and the West Bank and Gaza.”
On Saturday morning, Lebanon's al-Mayadeen television channel network reported that boats belonging to the Israeli army targeted the port of Gaza, without elaborating on further details.
The Israeli military said Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza have fired over 2,000 rockets toward the occupied lands since the outbreak of fighting on Monday.
Israeli media reported heavy waves of projectile fire targeting the cities of Ashkelon, Ashdod, Be’er Sheva, Sderot and their surrounding areas overnight on Friday.
One of the rockets launched from Gaza made a direct hit on an apartment building in Ashdod, while another landed in the Ashdod port, hitting a fuel reservoir and causing a massive explosion.
The Izzuddin al-Qassam Brigades, the military arm of the Gaza-based Hamas resistance movement, said it had fired several rockets at Hatzerim Airbase, situated in the Negev Desert on the west outskirts of Be’er sheva.
Additionally, the al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, said it had targeted Tel Aviv with several rockets.
According to the latest reports, ten Israelis have been killed in the rocket fire, and hundreds injured.
In a separate development on Friday, Shipping sources told Reuters that at least two tanker owners delivering crude oil to the Zionist regime had been asked to divert from Ashkelon to the port of Haifa because of the fighting.
The sources said the tankers were carrying oil from the Black Sea.
Major airlines have already stopped flights to Israeli airports.